Anything you can do I can try… and maybe I can do it better. It always seems to surprise people at what I can do. “I get I didn’t know you knew how to do that.” or “wow when did you learn that” maybe it’s because I’m a very independent person and I have never flounder away from learning or trying new things, or it might be that people aren’t giving me enough credit at times. It could be a little of both. Here are just a few things that people are surprised to find out that I know how to do.
Driving Stick Shift
Why is this one so amazing to people (mostly men) that I can go and do this. It’s not that hard to learn. In fact, it only took me 15 minutes to learn the basics. Yes, it can be tricky at times, stopping on a steep hill, took a bit more to master. The trick to driving stick is you should think of the petals as one of those scales that every lawyer/law firm has in their logo. If you add weight from one side, you will have to take weight off on the other side, to keep it in balance. If you don’t you will stall. You know you are a master at it when you have dreams about the clutch pattern.
This is one that I can say I never thought would happen. Even now typing it feels odd, that I do my own taxes… well with the help a little program called Turbo Tax and my brother-in-law. I have been doing them for about seven years now. I stopped going to a professional after one charged me more than what I was getting back. Sure, it sucks and for me, I can get it all done in about 2 hours. Each year it seems to go a bit easier and faster.
I have always been that kind of person that if you tell me a little bit about the movie and I can name the movie. For some reason that has stayed in my brain. This really helped me out when I worked at a video rental place (if you don’t know what that is Google it… they were everywhere in the 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s) to help pay for college. An example of this would be “you know that one guy in that one movie and he played baseball with that one lady.” For the people playing at home… Do you know the movie? (Jeopardy theme song playing) I would reply with “The move you are looking for is A League of Their Own.” I know, I know it’s a blessing and a curse I also speak in movie quotes.
It has been a while, but yes, I have learned how to drive off the high dive. I have even taught a few kids how to do it too. I needed to learn the basics of the high dive to be able to teach swimming lesson, yes much like working at the video store teaching swimming lesson helped me pay for college. Yes, it was scary but it is so much fun. The rush that you get is amazing, I have always loved to swim & drive you could say that I took to it like a fish to water.
I have always loved to read. In fact, I read every night before going to bed. If I don’t read I have a hard time sleeping. In fact, for about 10 years now I have read over 100 books each year. These are books that are over 200 pages in length. When I was a child my mother made sure that we were always reading and learning, but also reading for the pure pleasure of reading.
These are just a few things that I can do maybe not better than you, but it’s not a competition.